Devils Defeat Bears, End Losing Streak

Pat Murphy's Sun Devil baseball team was finally able to end their six game losing skid in grand fashion Friday night as they defeated the No. 8 Baylor Bears 5-3.

The Devils (7-9) jumped out in front 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth after a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch that scored right fielder Travis Buck. The Bears (5-3) came right back in the fifth to tie the game at 1-1 which is where the score stood until the top of the seventh when the Bears were able to manufacture two more runs to take a 3-1 lead. The Devils answered right back in the bottom of the inning with a two out rally that was sparked by a Baylor throwing error. The error, which allowed the Devils to continue the inning, came off a routine groundball hit by freshman shortstop Andrew Romine. Fellow freshman J.J. Sferra then singled to advance Romine to second and redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Pre-season All American Travis Buck then stepped up to the plate and delivered with a grand slam homerun over the right field fence to give the Devils the 5-3 advantage. Buck, who had been struggling as of late, finished the day 2-for-4 with two runs scored including the four RBI. Sferra and Gosewisch were the only other Devils to record a hit in the game as the Devils managed just five hits off the Bears pitching. Sferra went 2-for-3 with one run scored and Gosewisch was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Gosewisch did have to leave the game early after being struck with a pitch in the back of the head in the eighth.

Sophomore pitcher Zechry Zinicola looked great on the mound for the Devils striking out a career-high six batters in the start. Zinicola ended up pitching six solid innings for the Devils while only allowing three runs in the no-decision. Senior right-hander Jason Urquidez picked up the win for the Devils after pitching three scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Urquidez who improved his record to 2-1 was dominant on the mound allowing just one hit while striking out four.

The three game series continues tomorrow, as the Devils will put sophomore right-hander Pat Bresnehan (0-1, 4.50 ERA) on the mound against Bear starter Cory VanAllen (2-0, 0.68 ERA). The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time at Packard Stadium in Tempe.

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